Audio Description and British Sign Language

Audio Description and British Sign Language

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Audio Description allows blind and partially sighted audiences to experience theatre. It is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds.

British Sign Language gives Deaf and hard of hearing people access to experience theatre. An interpreter will stand in a clearly visible position on the screen and interpret the spoken and heard aspects of the play.

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Audio Description and British Sign Language
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  • Audio Description: Constellations - Peter Capaldi & Zoë Wanamaker

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Constellations, starring Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker.

    'One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.'

    A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home toget...

  • Audio Description: Constellations - Omari Douglas & Russell Tovey

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Constellations, starring Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey.

    'One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.'

    A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home toget...

  • Audio Description: Constellations - Anna Maxwell Martin & Chris O'Dowd

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Constellations, starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O'Dowd.

    'One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.'

    A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home ...

  • Audio Description: Constellations - Sheila Atim & Ivanno Jeremiah

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Constellations, starring Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah.

    'One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.'

    A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home toget...

  • Audio Description: Ian McKellen on Stage

    Movie + 2 extras

    With stories and anecdotes from his illustrious career on stage and screen, McKellen performs extracts from his most iconic performances, including Shakespeare's King Lear and Tolkien's Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.

    Directed by Sean Mathias and captured live from the West End in London, Ian Mc...

  • Audio Description: The House of Bernarda Alba

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of The House of Bernarda Alba.

    Forced to live under their mother’s tight grip as they mourn their father’s death, can five sisters survive when young Adela dares for passion and freedom?

    Olivier Award-winner Harriet Walter (Succession) plays the formidable m...

  • Audio Description: The Father and the Assassin

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of The Father and the Assassin.

    Mahatma Gandhi: lawyer, champion of non-violence, beloved leader.

    Nathuram Godse: journalist, nationalist – and the man who murdered Gandhi.

    This gripping play traces Godse’s life over 30 years during India’s fight for indep...

  • Audio Description: Grenfell: in the words of survivors

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Grenfell: in the words of survivors.

    A powerful new verbatim play from the testimony of residents at the heart of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    Six years on, interviews conducted with a group of survivors and bereaved reveal the impact of the multiple failu...

  • Audio Description: The Effect

    Movie + 1 extra

    This is the audio described version of The Effect.

    Watch the unmissable Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) in this funny and intimate examination of love and ethics. Directed by Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac) and written by Lucy Prebble (Succession).

    As two y...

  • Audio Description: The Crucible

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of The Crucible.

    Speak of the devil and he appears.

    A witch hunt is beginning in Salem.

    Raised to be seen and not heard, a group of young women suddenly find their words have a terrible power.

    As a climate of fear spreads through the community, private vend...

  • Audio Description: Kerry Jackson

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Kerry Jackson.

    You can’t wait to meet her.

    El Barco is the newest tapas restaurant in fashionable Walthamstow Village, and it’s Kerry Jackson’s pride and joy.

    Wearing her working-class roots as a badge of honour, Kerry navigates the local characters in ...

  • Audio Description: I Want My Hat Back

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of I Want My Hat Back.

    Bear's hat is gone. He loves his hat. He wants it back. He asks all the animals in the forest, but no one has seen it. WAIT! He has seen it somewhere...

    Wils Wilson directs Jon Klassen’s children’s picture book classic, I Want My Hat B...

  • Audio Description: The Corn Is Green

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of The Corn is Green.

    One person can make all the difference.

    Miss Lily Moffat arrives in rural North Wales, determined to help young local miners out of poverty by teaching them to read and write.

    Lily soon spots talent in the unruly Morgan Evans, but when...

  • British Sign Language: Othello (2022)

    Movie + 8 extras

    This is the British Sign Language version of Othello (2022).

    Take your seats for Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, Othello.

    Directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist), Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) and Tanya Franks (Mum).

    She’s a br...

  • Audio Description: Othello (2022)

    Movie + 4 extras

    This is the audio described version of Othello (2022).

    Take your seats for Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, Othello.

    Directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist), Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) and Tanya Franks (Mum).

    She’s a bright,...

  • Audio Description: Best of Enemies

    Movie + 2 extras

    This is the audio described version of Best of Enemies.

    David Harewood (Homeland) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) play feuding political rivals in James Graham’s (Sherwood) multiple award-winning new drama.

    In 1968 America, as two men fight to become the next president, all eyes are on the batt...

  • Audio Description: Frankenstein (with Jonny Lee Miller as the creature)

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Frankenstein.

    This version of Frankenstein is with Jonny Lee Miller as the creature.

    Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty...

  • Audio Description: Frankenstein (with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature)

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Frankenstein.

    This version of Frankenstein is with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature.

    Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with crue...

  • Audio Description: Hex

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Hex.

    A big-hearted and colourful musical, that vividly retells the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ fairy tale.

    Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare ...

  • Audio Description: Dixon and Daughters

    Movie + 4 extras

    This is the audio described version of Dixon and Daughters.

    Mary has just been released from prison. She wants to come home and forget all about it but Briana has other ideas.

    Over a tumultuous two days a family is forced to confront not just their past but themselves. Because even if you ref...

  • Audio Description: Treasure Island

    Movie + 3 extras

    This is the audio described version of Treasure Island.

    It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begin...

  • Audio Description: The Wife of Willesden

    Movie + 4 extras

    This is the audio described version of The Wife of Willesden.

    A proper local legend. Married five times. Mother. Lover. Aunt. Friend. Alvita will tell her life story to anyone in the pub – there’s no shame in her game. The question is: are you ready to hear it? Because this woman’s got the gift ...